Allentown, Pa — This summer, Muhlenberg College‘s Camp Imagine program celebrates its 15th year of educating and enriching the lives of the Lehigh Valley’s middle school students. Founded in 1999 the program provides young people in grades 6-8 with a month-long performing arts experience, which is free for students of the Allentown School District.
High school students can enroll in the Performing Arts Workshop. Both programs provide invaluable experiences and opportunities to nurture passion for the performing arts and build real-life interpersonal and expressive skills. The programs meet for three hours each week day, July 1-26.
“We all build confidence in each other,” said a former participant the Performing Arts Workshop.
Each program will culminate in a free showcase performance for family and friends at the conclusion of the four weeks. Participants will be guided through creative arts experiences in the performing arts by talented teams of Muhlenberg College students and alumni. These teaching artists are experienced, professionally trained and supervised.
“I think that the arts provide not only a tool for performance, but a tool for life,” says Renee Lorenzetti, related arts coordinator for the Allentown School District. “It’s how we live and it’s who we are; and it’s what we need in our society.”
Camp Imagine students will explore their talents in acting, music, and dance in a safe and open environment, rotating through classes in drama, movement, and vocal expression. They will also get to work with Muhlenberg alumni and students to create a dynamic ensemble environment with their peers.
The Workshop takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the study, creation, and performance of theatre. Students will work in a professional studio setting, learning not only acting, dance, and voice, but also advanced audition technique, ensemble collaboration, and character development. Sessions are modeled after college classes, providing students with the opportunity to experience college-level performing arts instruction. The workshop experience will conclude with an original ensemble performance.
Camp Imagine meets 9:30 to 12:30 a.m. A lunch is provided for free to all participants, and free bus transportation is provided from all four Allentown School District middle schools. For students not enrolled in the Allentown School District, tuition is $395; however, partial and full need-based scholarships are available. The Camp Imagine showcase is Saturday, July 27, at 10 a.m.
The Performing Arts Workshop meets 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuition for all students is $465; however, partial and full need-based scholarships are available.
Both programs meet July 1-26, except for July 4. Students must register to participate. Applications are available online atwww.muhlenberg.edu/camp, and by request at firstname.lastname@example.org or 484-664-3693.
The programs are made possible by underwriting support from Enterprise Car Rentals, Crayola, The Foundation for Allentown City Schools, and others.